pub·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce publication (audio) \

Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of publishing
2 : a published work

Examples of publication in a Sentence

The company specializes in the publication of dictionaries. She has a very impressive list of publications.

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Gordon McLeod, an executive who helped The Wall Street Journal and other publications improve their digital offerings, died April 26 at a hospital in New York. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Gordon McLeod Helped The Wall Street Journal and Other Publications Go Digital," 3 May 2019 The award-winning journalist has written for CNN, NBC News, USA Today, MTV News, and several other major publications. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 Google is also leaving an open invite to other English-language publications to apply and become part of the service. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google wants to replace your radio as an audio news source," 6 Dec. 2018 AppleInsider and some others chimed in to agree, while other publications and YouTube personalities shared conflicting benchmarks suggesting the problem was not as severe as initially claimed. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "We tested throttling on the MacBook Pro—now Apple says it has a firmware fix," 24 July 2018 And three more wrestlers, who spoke with other publications and whose accounts have not been verified by NBC News, have expressed similar sentiments about Jordan. NBC News, "Ohio State wrestlers disagree over whether Jim Jordan knew of abuse," 12 July 2018 Over a 10-year period working for Soul, Ken and Regina Jones’ seminal Los Angeles newspaper, as well as other publications, Talamon chronicled a pivotal and prolific period in black music history. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Grammy Museum Spotlights Photographer Bruce Talamon in New Soul, R&B and Funk Exhibit," 29 June 2018 The guild is the union that represents journalists in the newsrooms of the Freep, the Detroit News and other publications around town. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Why unions will survive Supreme Court anti-labor decision," 27 June 2018 Suddenly, there were more subreddits for skin care (22 at time of publication) than there were for dog breeds. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of publication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for publication

Middle English publicacioun, from Middle French publication, from Latin publication-, publicatio, from publicare, from publicus public

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The first known use of publication was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of publication

: the act or process of producing a book, magazine, etc., and making it available to the public
: a book, magazine, etc., that has been printed and made available to the public
: the act of printing something (such as an article or photograph) in a magazine, newspaper, etc.


pub·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce publication (audio) \

Kids Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of producing (a printed work) and selling it to the public
2 : a printed work (as a book or magazine) made for sale or distribution



Legal Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of publishing
2 : a published work

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